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Marekani yasitisha msaada wa dala milioni 800 kwa Pakistan...kisa Osama!

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  1. Ab-Titchaz

    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

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    Pakistan: US suspends $800m of military aid

    The US says it is withholding some $800m in military aid to Pakistan.

    White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley told ABC television that Pakistan had "taken some steps that have given us reason to pause on some of the aid".

    He said the US raid that killed Osama Bin Laden in May had affected ties but he insisted the relationship "must be made to work over time".

    The $800m (£500m) equates to about a third of the annual US security aid to Pakistan, US officials say.

    In figures submitted to the International Monetary Fund last autumn, Pakistan's defence expenditure in its 2010-2011 budget was put at $6.41bn - an increase of $1.27bn on the previous year.


    Speaking on ABC's This Week programme, Mr Daley accepted that Pakistan had been "an important ally in the fight on terrorism. They've been the victim of enormous amounts of terrorism".

    He added: "It's a complicated relationship in a very difficult, complicated part of the world. Obviously, there's still lot of pain that the political system in Pakistan is feeling by virtue of the raid that we did to get Osama Bin Laden, something that the president felt strongly about and we have no regrets over.

    "Until we get through these difficulties, we will hold back some of the money that the American taxpayers have committed to give them."

    The New York Times earlier quoted senior US officials as saying the suspension of military aid amounted to about one-third of the yearly US security assistance to Pakistan.

    The paper said the move was to show US anger at the expulsion of US military trainers and to pressure Pakistan to step up its fight against militants.

    The Times said some of the suspended aid had been earmarked as compensation for Pakistan's redeployment of troops to Afghan border areas to fight militants. Other cuts were in military equipment.

    The BBC's Rajesh Mirchandani in Washington says this is clearly a strengthening of the US approach to Pakistan - more of the stick than the carrot - but there must be concern that taking away the money will stop the Pakistanis co-operating at all.

    Washington still regards Pakistan as vital in the fight against al-Qaeda and Taliban militants who use safe havens in Pakistan's tribal regions on the Afghan border.

    But with Bin Laden known to have been living undetected almost next door to a major Pakistani military academy in Abbottabad, many in the US Congress have questioned the value of the US aid.


    In a sign of how difficult Pakistan-US relations have become, the top US military officer Adm Mike Mullen last week suggested the Pakistani government had "sanctioned" the killing in May of journalist Saleem Shahzad.

    Mr Shahzad was kidnapped near his home in Islamabad. His body was found two days later in Punjab province.

    Pakistan Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan said Adm Mullen's statement was "extremely irresponsible and regrettable".

    She said it would cause difficulties in relations between the sides and prove a setback to the war against terror.

    The increasing US drone attack on militants inside Pakistan along the Afghan border is also a continuing source of antagonism.

    British military trainers were also withdrawn at the request of the Pakistani government last month.

    BBC News - Pakistan: US suspends $800m of military aid
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    uporoto01 JF-Expert Member

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    Mbona hawasemi kwamba bunge la Pakistan liliiomba US mwezi may kubadili misaada ya kijeshi na kuilekeza kwenye miradi ya maendeleo ili watu wakawaida waone faida ya uhusiano badala ya misaada ya kijeshi inayokuja na masharti kibao.
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    • [​IMG]A Pakistani paramilitary soldier secure an area as other troops move toward a forward …
    • [​IMG]A Pakistani army soldier fires an artillery shell toward a target at a forward base …

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has ordered the suspension of $800 million in aid to the Pakistani military, his chief of staff said Sunday, as part of what experts say is a tougher line with a critical U.S. partner in the fight against terrorism.
    Top aide William Daley described the U.S. relationship with Pakistan as "difficult" and said it must be made "to work over time." But he added

    that until "we get through that difficulty, we'll hold back some of the money that the American taxpayers are committed to give" Pakistan.

    The suspension of U.S. aid, first reported by the New York Times, followed a statement last week by Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, that Pakistan's security services may have sanctioned the killing of a Pakistani journalist who wrote about infiltration of the military by extremists.

    The allegation was rejected by Pakistan's powerful military establishment, including the Inter-Services Intelligence Agency, which has historic ties to the Taliban and other militant groups and which many Western analysts regard as a state-within-a-state.

    Daley, interviewed on ABC television's "This Week," suggested the decision to suspend military aid resulted from the increasing estrangement between the U.S. and Pakistan, especially since the U.S. raid in May that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden not far from Pakistan's equivalent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

    "Obviously there's still a lot of pain that the political system in Pakistan is feeling by virtue of the raid that we did to get Osama bin Laden," Daley said.

    A senior U.S. official said the suspension was triggered by the Pakistani army's decision to significantly reduce the number of visas for U.S. military trainers. "We remain committed to helping Pakistan build its capabilities, but we have communicated to Pakistani officials on

    numerous occasions that we require certain support in order to provide certain assistance," said the official, who was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently told senators that "when it comes to our military aid, we are not prepared to continue providing that at the pace we were providing it unless we see certain steps taken."

    Pakistan army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas declined comment on the suspension. He pointed to comments by Army Chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, who last month said U.S. military aid should be diverted to civilian projects.

    Hasan-Askari Rizvi, a Pakistani political and defense analyst, said the U.S. decision to suspend aid is an attempt to increase pressure on

    Pakistan, but he believes it could hurt both sides.

    "The Pakistani military has been the major supporter of the U.S. in the region because it needed weapons and money," said Rizvi. "Now, when the U.S. builds pressure on the military, it will lose that support."
    George Perkovich, an expert on Pakistan with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, called the suspension "overdue."

    "We've been trying for years to get, persuade, push the Pakistani army to conduct military operations on their border with Afghanistan, especially in North Waziristan, and they've said it's not in their interest, that they're overstretched already," Perkovich said in a telephone interview from Paris. "I think it's smart to say, 'We hear you.'"

    Perkovich said if U.S. financial aid didn't change the behavior of the Pakistani military, then withdrawing it probably wouldn't either. But he said the termination of the $800 million in assistance could lead to a re-examination of the military's role in that country.

    "Internally in Pakistan, there's going to be a much more intense debate now on whether the Army has put the country on a good course," he said.
    Associated Press writers Matthew Lee in Washington and Sebastian Abbot in Islamabad contributed to this report.

    Source: White House: US suspending $800M in Pakistan aid - Yahoo! News
  4. Tutafika

    Tutafika JF-Expert Member

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    conditional aid isn't aid!, it is a price to fulfil conditions. Let it go
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    AshaDii Platinum Member

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    The so called attack of Bin Laden and Obama's saying that he did
    not blame the Pakistanian Govt proves to be in contradiction...
    I do not believe the reasons given are concrete enough... or
    indeed reason at all...
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    stun Member

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    Kazi imeisha, wameshatumika vya kutosha, now its time kuwatema,..hawana rafiki wa kudumu, ila mwenye deal ndo rafiki its an exit strategy..poleni should have known them better..!